Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

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News from Pennoni!

Pennoni is excited to announce the promotion of Jennifer Laning, PE to Principal Bridge Inspection Leader! Laning is currently an Associate Vice President in the Transportation Division with a primary focus in bridge inspections and project management. She also serves Pennoni as a Bridge Inspection Practice Leader, headquartered in the Baltimore, MD office.

This recognition is to acknowledge all her accomplishments in the transportation space and applaud her for growing the Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware markets as well as her work as a mentor to other bridge engineers.

Before coming to Pennoni, Laning was a part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in bridge program management, rehabilitation and repair of bridges, coordination of projects with multiple agencies, leading multidisciplinary design teams, and bridge inspection.

Congratulations Jen!!!

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IWC News

ESWP sends out congratulations to the award-winning presenters from the 2020 International Water Conference!

For Best First Time Presenter Award, we congratulate Adam Sutherland, P.E., Stantec for his paper IWC 20-66, Controlling Oxidation Air in an FGD Absorber as a Means to Simplify Wastewater Treatment.

For the Best Overall Paper, congratulations to Colleen M. Scholl, P.E., HDR, Inc. for her paper IWC 20-58 , The Value (and the Challenges) of Corrosion Transport Monitoring. Colleen is a two-time winner this year, as she also will receive the 2020 Paul Cohen Award for IWC 20-58 , The Value (and the Challenges) of Corrosion Transport Monitoring.

For more information on the IWC awards, visit https://eswp.com/water/awards/

Engineers’ Society News

Despite the Pittsburgh Engineers’ Building remaining closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a busy fall season.

Most notably both our International Bridge Conference and International Water Conference were conducted on a virtual platform in late-October and early-November, respectively. Preparation leading up to these events in the “new virtual world” really made for a challenge! Still, both events were very well attended, and received very positive reactions from our Conference attendees according to their survey responses. Additionally, our Program Committee continues to offer continuing education events, although delivered through the webinar format. Look for new events coming up in December – likely to remain on the webinar format.

ESWP Program Success!

Almost 200 registrants for the ESWP Program Committee webinar “Steel Bridges in the 21st Century,” presented by Dr. Brandon Chavel, P.E. of the National Steel Bridge Alliance of AISC! This interesting program examined the history and future of steel bridges with consideration on life span, costs, maintenance, constructability and more! Dr. Chavel fielded many questions from webinar viewers as well as those viewing on Facebook live. Completion of the webinar entitled viewers to one Professional Development Hour (PDH). Join us for our next program on Thursday, October 1 on the Bonner Bridge presented by Nick Burdette, P.E.

IWC News

The Executive Committee of the International Water Conference® (IWC) voted unanimously to present the 2020 IWC in an “all-virtual” environment.

This means we won’t have the opportunity to benefit from the in-person gathering during IWC this November in San Antonio, Texas, but we have plans for an alternate delivery platform with eShow®, the leading provider in the virtual-conference world. Accordingly, we believe the 2020 IWC well-prepared to present the same educational and networking opportunities as you have come to expect and enjoy at the IWC. We are working diligently to prepare this virtual platform to present the same high-quality technical presentations that the IWC is renowned for, albeit in a different delivery platform. Likewise, we are planning for a full complement of continuing education workshops as presented by our expert instructors. Additionally, we will have exhibit and sponsorship opportunities to promote your business to all involved with the International Water Conference. We will roll out details on these opportunities, as well as details on the conference registration very soon, so please check this page frequently!

Thank you to all who participated in our survey questionnaires which to help to guide these decisions. While we all hoped to return to an in-person gathering with friends of the IWC, we believe it is in the best interest of all at this time to do so remotely, from the comfort and safety of your own environment. We look forward to better days ahead soon! In the meantime please look for additional details on this virtual IWC, the first in our 81 year history!

Please stay safe and be healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon!

PA Brownfields Highlights

The ESWP was pleased to partner again with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in presenting the 2020 Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference. Held at State College, PA in the Penn Stater Hotel & Conference Center over March 9-11, almost 400 participants attended the conference.

This year we attracted 55 vendors to the exhibit hall, making it the highest attended in our history. In addition, attendees were able to select from over 20 different presentations and three general sessions which included state and federal updates on Brownfields programs, a futures forecast, and an informative, educational, and uplifting story on one business’s success that chose a brownfield as a place to build and expand their business. (Learn more about Crazy Aaron’s “Thinking Putty” success at Puttyworld.com.) To learn more about the conference and the presentations please visit our Brownfields Conference page: https://eswp.com/brownfields/overview/

 

 

IBC 2019 Highlights

The 36th Annual International Bridge Conference (IBC) was held June 10-12, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

The IBC brought together more than 1,000 bridge owners, engineers, government officials, bridge designers, construction executives and more from the US and abroad. We had more than 20 different countries represented this year, as well as more than 40 states from the United States. Our furthest traveled attendees came all the way from Australia.

We started the conference off on Monday, June 10th with three Special Sessions at 8:00 AM. These Special Sessions included Construction, New Technology and Bridge Asset Management.

 

The official start and welcome happened during our Keynote Session. Our Keynote Speakers did an excellent job kicking off the start of the 2019 IBC!

 

 

We were pleased to welcome our Featured State, Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT organized a Session for Monday afternoon, which included 6 presentations on some of their ongoing projects, as well as a large display in our Exhibit Hall.

The 3-day conference had over 80 presentations and 13 continuing education workshops that were conducted. Not to mention, we had 10 Posters and 5 Bridging the Gap Theatre Presentations. The Posters and Bridging the Gap Theatre were new additions to this year’s conference, along with the Outdoor Demonstrations in our Outdoor Exhibit space.

 

The Exhibit Hall is one of the main attractions at the IBC and was a great opportunity to network with the various vendors and fellow attendees. We would like to thank our 2019 Exhibitors for their continued support as IBC attendees always enjoy strolling through the Exhibit Hall learning about the latest technologies, products, and services the bridge industry has to offer.

 

 

 

 

In addition to all the other excitement, the IBC Attendees were able to get an exclusive sneak peak of the Arlington Memorial Bridge Rehabilitation on Tuesday, June 11th. We couldn’t have asked for better weather for this outdoor tour! The tour began with a brief project introduction and overview, which was presented by the Kiewit Construction team and Federal Highway Administration in the Kiewit Field Office. This introduction was then followed by the guided walking tour on the Arlington Memorial Bridge.

 

We also held our Annual IBC Awards Dinner on Tuesday, where the winning projects were recognized and presented with an Award. We were pleased to have Dr. Karl Frank, P.E., our 2019 IBC Roebling Award winner, attend the dinner and provide us with a brief presentation of his outstanding achievements.

 

 

 

We want to thank all the IBC attendees, sponsors, presenters, exhibitors, and committee members for contributing to another successful conference.

We hope to see everyone for our 37th Annual IBC in Pittsburgh, PA June 8-11, 2020.

 

For Attendees of the MSCI Engineering Sustainability Conference, Bi-Annual Event Feels Like a Homecoming

“A Climate for Change” was the theme at this year’s Engineering Sustainability conference,

hosted by the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) at the University of Pittsburgh with the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research at Carnegie Mellon University. The conference dealt with something unique for a technical conference: It spent time talking about not only the “what” of sustainable innovations, but the “how.” How do you get people to actually change their perspective about sustainability? How do you create a climate where such changes can be successful?  Read the full article here…..

IWC Merit Award Announced!

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the International Water Conference®, it is our pleasure to announce that William Kennedy from Duke Energy Corporation has been selected to receive the 2019 Annual Merit Award.

Each year, the International Water Conference® presents the Annual Merit Award to honor outstanding individuals in the field of industrial water technology. William Kennedy was selected because he is recognized as a leader in a water-related field of activity and his contributions to the IWC and industrial water industry are considered to be outstanding achievements.

We also acknowledge his efforts to inspire others to make major contributions in pertinent water-related technology or its application and his active contribution to the advancement of the International Water Conference® in the form of committee papers, discussions, and committee participation.

Attendees are invited to join us during the Opening Session on Monday, November 11 at the Hilton in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL at 11:15 am during this year’s conference to see William Kennedy receive this award. Congratulations, William Kennedy!